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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Participants in the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene July 20-24, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, are reminded that the registration deadline Is Friday, July 10. “Registration must be completed by that date to ensure a place at the Council,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Registrations that arrive after that date will require special approval by the Preconciliar Commission and the registrants’ diocesan bishops.” The on-line registration procedure may be completed here. In related news, the Atlanta Convention Bureau has created two special web sites…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015.  [See related story.] In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, the hierarchs engaged in sessions of a practical nature. Highlights of these sessions include the following. In his opening report, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, reflected on the positive role of the OCA in the…

Source: Orthodox in the District Dear friends in Christ, It is with a glad heart full of rejoicing that I share with you that earlier today Metropolitan Jonah received a signed letter of official release from Metropolitan Tikhon and the Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) releasing him to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of ROCOR, has been notified that the OCA Synod has, at long last, made good on their promise to release Metropolitan Jonah. Vladyka Jonah is thus received into ROCOR’s jurisdiction as a retired Metropolitan.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA]  The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America began their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery here on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Within the context of the celebration of the daily liturgical cycle of Vespers, Matins and the Hours, the Holy Synod is considering a variety of matters, including the theme of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council[AAC], “How to Expand the Mission,” in light of current issues affecting the Church in North America and beyond.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offered an opening reflection on progress…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA YOUTH]  The Youth Department of the Orthodox Church in America, in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. is launching a new on-line program—“Praxis: Christian Life Realized”—for high schoolers, college students, and young adults.  The sessions will consist of monthly Google hangouts giving participants an opportunity to engage in a variety of practical topics. The first session, to be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, will feature Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Rector of Holy Apostles Church, Mechanicsburg, PA, who will lead a brief presentation and discussion titled “How…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Delegate Handbook for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America has been released in accordance with Article III, Section 5 A of the current OCA Statute, which mandates the Preconciliar Commission “to publish and distribute the agenda, notices, and arrangements for the All-American Council at least 60 days prior to the established date.” The complete Handbook may be downloaded here. “The Handbook contains instructions for delegates, AAC procedures, the proposed agenda, and other pertinent information,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Also included are two proposed resolutions,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  The Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America recently made available three activities for the approaching Great Feast of Pentecost. The activities are designed for grades four through six, seven and eight, and nine through twelve.  They are based on events and experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which relates the story of the early years of the Church during and after Pentecost. The activities also relate stories of saints, as well as more contemporary Orthodox Christians, to the lives of familiar figures in Acts, such as…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The final draft of the revisedStatute of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to be presented for adoption at the upcoming 18th All-American Council (AAC) in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, is now available on-line. The release of the revised Statuteis in accordance with Article XIIIof the current Statute, which stipulates that all proposed amendments must be released at least 60 days prior to the All-American Council.  A detailed introduction to the document will be posted as soon as it is available. The proposed text of the revised Statute was finalized at…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Sunday, April 26, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia and Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, at the Cathedral of the All Holy Trinity in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. [See related story and photos.] At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon addressed His Holiness, the text of which appears below. ADDRESS OF HIS BEATITUDE, METROPOLITAN TIKHON CATHEDRAL OF THE ALL HOLY TRINITY, TBILISI, GEORGIA April 25, 2015 Your Holiness, Christ is risen! It is with deep…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ARLINGTON, VA [OCA]  Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America were among the participants representing 37 member faith traditions at the Church World Service [CWS] Annual Members’ Meeting here April 16-17, 2015. Representing the OCA were Arlene Kallaur, OCA Representative to CWS, and guests Archpriest John Vitko, member of the Metropolitan Council, Chancellor of the Diocese of Washington, and Rector of Saint Luke Church, McLean, VA, and Donna Karabin, who chairs the OCA Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid.  Also participating from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America [GOARCH] were Nicholas Anton, GOARCH Coordinator…

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